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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Prenatal Pilates FAQ

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO... We continue with our Prenatal Blog series this month with a list of questions from our prenatal clients about Pilates and the benefits during pregnancy.

PRENATAL PILATES

Q. What is Pilates?

A. Pilates is a form of exercise that builds core strength, flexibility and balance. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced client, it is a powerful tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates can also increase athletic performance, benefits pre- and postnatal care, improve posture and develop mind-body awareness.

Q. What are the benefits of prenatal Pilates?

A. Pilates is a safe form of exercise during pregnancy and can help you in several ways. Pilates exercises increase deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength. This provides support for the weight of the baby, takes the pressure of the spine, and increases the awareness of the muscles used during labor and delivery. The exercises also help to stabilize joints that become loose due to hormonal changes. As your center of gravity shifts, Pilates can improve your balance. Pilates also incorporates breath work that can assist relaxation during delivery.

Q. What if I have never done Pilates before?

A. It is recommended that you join a prenatal Pilates class or receive private instruction from a qualified instructor.

Q. How far into my pregnancy can I do Pilates?

A. There are many exercise adaptations and modifications that can be made making Pilates a safe form of exercise throughout your entire pregnancy. Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, it is important to listen to your body.

Q. Are there any contraindications for Pilates?

A. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, exercise is contraindicated for the following conditions: high blood pressure, preterm labor, placenta previa and premature rupture of membranes. As with any other form of exercise during pregnancy, you should check with your physician before beginning Pilates.

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